Container ship off coast of Tauranga reports workers testing positive for Covid-19

Container ship off coast of Tauranga reports workers testing positive for Covid-19

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Monday morning, the Ministry of Health told thisquality in a press release a container ship has reported positive Covid-19 cases.

The ship, Rio De La Plata, which is at sea just off the coast of Tauranga, has confirmed that 11 of the 21 crew members on board returned positive results of the virus.

It is believed that some of the crew are active cases. However, further testing results later today will determine how many crew members are historical and no longer infectious.

“Public Health staff took the test swabs in Tauranga from the crew as part of the requirements for entry for the vessel to Napier – it's next stop,” a Ministry spokesperson said.

“All of the crew onboard are reported to be well, with none reporting any symptoms.  No crew members came to Port-side while the ship was being unloaded in Tauranga.”

Reports indicate the ship was linked to a Covid-19 case who is an Australian pilot that was onboard the vessel back in July in Queensland. They'd developed symptoms and tested positive about nine days after being on the ship,

The individual was confirmed to have the Delta variant, which was not linked to other cases emerging in Queensland at the time.

Risk of the virus is being appropriately managed. Over ninety-four port workers were on the vessel while it was docked at the port — they are being contacted and provided with advise to get tested; they will have to receive a negative result.

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